Steve Benjamin of Clicking with Canines sent us a great piece from the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin that discusses clicker training in depth. Unfortunately, the newspaper's website archives all articles over 7 days, so I can't link directly to it, but here are some highlights:
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This story of clicker training in the news comes from a ClickerExpo attendee who, well, I'll let her describe it: Below is a link to an article which recently ran in our local paper. The catch is, although I am clicker trainer, clickers are not directly mentioned. I was responding to a previous article promoting Bark Busters and their philosophy stressing the importance of insuring your dominance over the dog. The article also stressed how it is so unnecessary to give your dog treats to get him to respond.
Joan Orr, M.Sc., ClickerExpo faculty member and TAGteach co-founder, has won an award from the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). Joan's paper, "Talk to the Animals: Clicker Training as a Communication Tool," won a Dogwise John Fisher Scholarship 2005 award. Congratulations, Joan!
We're pleased to announce a sneak preview of our new Clicker Training Events Calendar, a searchable database of clicker training and TAGteaching events where you can post your own events for free, or find events near you at any time.
Boston, August 12: The town of Brookline, in Boston, is offering clicker classes for small dogs, under 20 lbs. Learn to come, sit, etc. with clicker and target, plus tackling the special needs of small dogs, from housebreaking to ankle nipping. Nice to see a township sponsoring such a well-planned clicker program. For more info go to http://www2.townonline.com/brookline/atGlance/view.bg?articleid=303187
These are abstracts of recent studies on applied behavior and the neurologic impact of positive reinforcement training. Especially interesting to see that the stress hormones of lab animals trained with forceful or punitive methods skew research results. Positive reinforcement training not only makes it easier to work with and care for the animals, but keeps test results clean from physiologic stress.
Paws-Up, Inc., in Mulvane, Kansas, produces workbooks, handouts, and other products for people clicker training assistance or therapy dogs. Their quarterly newsletter, "A Pawsitive Canine Experience," contains useful articles, plus research briefs, references to current research papers, and recommended online links. ClickerExpo faculty members Virginia Broitman and Debi Davis are contributing authors, and the current issue (Summer 2005) features Karen Pryor's piece "On Being a Changemaker."